What's the first gaming book that made you fall in love?
The Advanced Dungeons and Dragons First Edition Dungeon Master's Guide, the cover when the dungeon master in the green robes holding open the big doors.
|Yeah this baby, Sold it for me!|
But the DM in my circle was slowing approaching burn out, and was running games less and less for us. Me now reading the DMG was kind of like a passing of the torch, from old gamer to a new up and coming gamer.
My time has come.
I remember running down to the gaming store we had in the neighborhood called Waterloo Gaming Store with my hard earned allowance that I saved for weeks upon weeks. I was a young boy, and if I got $5 a week, that was like a gold mine for me.
So anyhow, I got to the store only to be bummed out to find out there was nothing in stock that I wanted, so I had to ask the store owner to order me a book, which would take another 2 to 3 weeks before it would come in.. because ya know in the '80s, there was no internet ordering and everything was done via catalog listing and mailing things in.
Boy, was that the longest couple of weeks in my life, but when I got that book, it was brand new and I loved every inch of it as I ran home and cracked that sucker open. Reading it page by page, digesting in every word Gary Gygax had written in that book.
This book and this edition of D&D made me fall in love with the game we all play today, I have played this edition as my go-to edition for D&D, trying others, but always falling back to 1e as my one and only love.
When 5e was announced, I was against it and would not bother, but after seeing the first playtest packet, and knew they were listening to folks, I decided to go all in. I was playing my first love AD&D 1e, but all the long reading up and testing out 5e with a bunch of other people.
It was kind of like cheating in a nerdy way.
I loved 5e so much, I started adjusting 5e to make it more deadly and gritty to mimic the 1e style and my friends and those who gamed with me, LOVED IT.
But enough about me, what's your first love in gaming?